UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Danny Briere snapped out of a slump with a pair of late goals - the last one in overtime - and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky played a key relief role in the Flyers' 4-3 comeback win Wednesday night over the lowly New York Islanders.

Briere scored with 2 minutes, 26 seconds left in overtime to lift the Flyers to the victory at sparsely filled Nassau Coliseum.

With just over 11,000 fans watching, the Flyers snapped a two-game losing streak by overcoming a 3-1 deficit.

"It was a long process, but I think what we did better was we played defense a lot better" after the opening period, Briere said. "And we know we can score goals. Instead of forcing the issue and giving up a bunch of fat chances the other way, we cut that off and slowly got back into it."

Briere, who had just one goal in his previous eight games, tied it at 3 with 5:42 left after a miscue by Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro.

Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn fired the puck off the backboards, and DiPietro swatted it right to Briere in front. The diminutive center lifted it under the crossbar.

"To get a gift like that," Briere said with a smile, "I was happy to take it. It was one I needed at that time."

Briere took a pass from Scott Hartnell, who had just come out of the penalty box, and scored the game-winner from the slot.

The Flyers, led by Max Talbot and Sean Couturier, skillfully killed off a four-on-three power play before Briere scored the game-winner.

Bobrovsky was flawless, making 23 saves after replacing the struggling Ilya Bryzgalov at the start of the second period with the Flyers trailing, 3-1.

"There were a couple of point-blank chances we gave up to press the other way, and he bailed us out - a couple times off faceoffs, on breakaways, a couple times on two-on-ones," coach Peter Laviolette said. "He made some big saves and gave us an opportunity tonight."

The Isles had lost their previous two games by a combined 11-0 score, to Boston and Pittsburgh, but they chased Bryzgalov after the goalie allowed three goals on nine first-period shots.

"I just wanted to change it up," Laviolette said.

The third goal allowed by Bryzgalov "he'd probably like to have back," Laviolette said. "But we have to do a better job of back-checking too."

Perhaps in the spirit of the holiday, the Flyers played a turkey of a first period.


Despite scoring on the game's first shot, the Flyers fell into a 3-1 first-period hole. They have allowed a total of eight first-period goals in the last three games - against the Eastern Conference's three worst teams: Winnipeg, Carolina, and the Islanders - and scored only two of their own.

In the eight games before that, the Flyers had outscored their opponents in the first period by a combined 12-1. They went 6-0-2 in that span.

Once again, the Flyers' penalty kill allowed too much penetration and yielded another power-play goal, this one by Kyle Okposo, who had two goals and an assist in the opening 20 minutes.

Okposo's power-play goal meant the Flyers' had surrendered six goals in their last 13 penalty kills over the last three games.

Andrej Meszaros scored on a 50-foot slap shot just 18 seconds into the game to give the Flyers a quick lead. Nineteen seconds later, the Islanders also scored on their first shot, Okposo's drive from the slot after 37 seconds.

It marked the fastest that two teams had scored in a game since 1993 (Washington-Quebec), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It was also the quickest a game was tied at 1 in Flyers history.

Okposo finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play by tapping Josh Bailey's goalmouth feed midway through the first. With 1:31 left in the period, Michael Grabner beat Bryzgalov with a shot from the right circle.

The Flyers got to within 3-2 when Hartnell scored in the last second of a power play, knocking in a shot after Jakub Voracek's drive caromed off the backboards with 14:35 left in the second period.

"A lucky bounce off the boards, and I was able to put it over DiPietro's glove," Hartnell said after scoring his ninth goal and triggering the comeback.